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Venezuela defends Cuba ties after Trump calls Maduro 'Cuban puppet'

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By Reuters
Venezuela defends Cuba ties after Trump calls Maduro 'Cuban puppet'
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza attends a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero   -   Copyright  MANAURE QUINTERO(Reuters)

UNITEDNATIONS (Reuters) – Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Tuesday said his country would continue working with Cuba, after U.S. President Donald Trump called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a “Cuban puppet” in his United Nations speech.

Arreaza called Trump a “puppet of imperialism and capitalism” and said other countries in the region that recognise Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido were puppets of the United States.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen; Editing by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool)